Coaches

Stan Kwan
Special Teams

Biography

Stan Kwan is entering his 10th overall season in Detroit and his third as special teams coach. In 2008, his special teams units combined to force a league-high five takeaways, and the plus-four special teams turnover margin topped the NFL as well. The Lions kickoff coverage unit allowed the fourth-lowest average drive start following kickoffs (25.5) last season, and that unit was second in the NFL in the percentage of drives forced inside the 20-yard line following kickoffs (23.81).
Stan Kwan is entering his 10th overall season in Detroit and his third as special teams coach. In 2008, his special teams units combined to force a league-high five takeaways, and the plus-four special teams turnover margin topped the NFL as well. The Lions kickoff coverage unit allowed the fourth-lowest average drive start following kickoffs (25.5) last season, and that unit was second in the NFL in the percentage of drives forced inside the 20-yard line following kickoffs (23.81).

Under Kwan’s direction in 2008, the trio of K Jason Hanson, P Nick Harris and LS Don Muhlbach lived up to their reputation as one of the best groups of specialists in the NFL.

Hanson kicked a league-high eight 50-yard field goals in 2008 which was a career- and franchise-high, also becoming the oldest kicker in NFL history to have eight 50-yarders in a season. With 41 career 50+-yard field goals, he has the most in NFL history and is tied for first all-time for most 50-yard field goals in a season. In the nine previous years Kwan has worked with the Lions’ special teams, Hanson has kicked 26 of his record 41 50-yard field goals, including 11 the past two seasons.

Harris had another strong season placing the ball inside-the-20 yard line (24) and both kickers were again able to rely on Muhlbach whose long-snaps are among the fastest and most accurate in the league.

Kwan first joined the Lions coaching staff in 1997 as an offense and special teams assistant. He returned to Detroit in 2004 as the assistant special teams coach after spending three seasons (2001-03) with the Arizona Cardinals as special teams assistant/defensive quality control. His career in the NFL originally began in 1991 in the Chargers organization.

Throughout his pro coaching career, Kwan has served in a variety of support roles including designing computer diagrams of plays, compiling both offensive and defensive playbooks, breaking down special teams film, providing statistical analysis on the league and college combine testing.

For three years, Kwan played baseball at San Diego State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. During that span, the nationally-ranked Aztecs won one regular season WAC title, one WAC tournament title and earned two NCAA tournament berths.

Prior to matriculating to San Diego State, Kwan spent one year at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix where he was the first freshman to be named captain of the baseball team.

He attended Phoenix Camelback High School where he set school career records for batting average, runs scored, stolen bases, on-base percentage and walks. In his junior year, Camelback was the top-ranked team in the state and was ranked 16th in the nation. He earned all-state honors twice as a shortstop and doubled as the school’s quarterback where he set the school single-game passing record (327 yards).


KWAN’S COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions 2004-present
•    Special Teams 2007-present
•    Assistant Special Teams 2006
•    Assistant Special Teams & Offensive Assistant 2004-05

Arizona Cardinals 2001-03
•    Special Teams Assistant/Defensive Quality Control 2001-03

Detroit Lions 1997-00
•    Offense and Special Teams Assistant 1997-00

San Diego Chargers 1991-96
•    Offense Assistant 1996
•    Offense & Special Teams 1993-95
•    Coaching Staff Assistant 1992

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